Innovating through technology

To effectively and safely scale our solar installations, NWES is deploying drones in the field to gather precise data about your homes and businesses. We have a team of skilled FAA Part 107 pilots leveraging drone technology through Scanifly’s 3D modeling software and capturing the process from start to finish. Read on to learn more about how this remarkable technology provides the best experience of going solar to you today!

Scanifly 3D Modeling

Since 2020 NWES has partnered with Scanifly to bring our solar assessment process to the next level. We have been able to increase the number of assessments done while improving the safety of our assessors and the accuracy of the data we gather on your property. What’s great is we get to share with you the finished product to see the 3D to-scale model of your home and visualize how the solar panels will look on your building.

The 3D modeling process

Flight Time

Average flight times at 10 minutes for residential homes and 20 minutes for commercial properties; we primarily utilize Point of Interest Flight (POI) paths to gather the best data set to create an accurate model of your property.

Data Capture

After capturing over 100 images of your property, we upload them into Scanifly’s software. We will have the 3D model rendered and ready to design within a couple of hours!

3D Design

Designing on Scanifly’s software allows us to analyze shading and dimensions to maximize the solar panel placement in ideal locations. Their solar viewsheds are up to 20% more accurate than satellite data, meaning we stay safe while assessing your solar solution and design with maximum precision.

Drone Pilots

Here are our current FAA Part 107 Certified Pilots. Manuel, Carlo, and Josh take care of completing assessments and taking photos of our installations and the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Giancarlo Angulo

Drone Pilot

Manuel Larrain

Drone Program Administrator

Josh Peck

Drone Pilot

Drone Photography

What’s better than installing and deploying renewable energy technologies? We can capture them with our drone cameras to share with our customers and their friends and families!

We offer our photography services to capture the finalized product with all of our solar installations. A gorgeous, clean energy-generating machine that is here to last, and we want you to be able to see it from the birds-eye-view and share it with anyone and everyone! A $500 package for our customers at NO COST.

If you want more photos of your property, please fill out our Drone Photography Form below, and we’ll get in touch!

Images Captured Via Drone

We range between 10-30 photos and a couple of videos of your solar PV array and property when we come out. We will mix it up by using video and time-lapse features on our drone so you can have all angles and media types to take home.

Still Photos

Shots include top-down, high, and low angled photos from each extremity of your property and close-ups that accentuate your solar array and surroundings.


Our pilots will capture at least one video, a 360-degree flight taken around your home taken in video format so that you can see all angles of your home! While not always possible, fly-by shots and zoom-outs provide different perspectives of how your home looks from above!


A time-lapse is a series of photos taken over five to ten minutes and stitched into a video so you can see how your surroundings and the weather move around your home and solar array!